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Suffolk Coast

The Destination
The unique Suffolk Coastal area of the county of Suffolk includes 40 miles of Heritage Coast set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are also many attractive towns, villages and rivers to explore.

Felixstowe is an Edwardian Resort offering shingle and sandy beaches with safe bathing, beautifully tended gardens and a paved promenade.Many attractions for children and families, theatre, cinema, amusements, tennis, bowling, snooker and a purpose built Leisure Centre and Sports Centre.

Aldeburgh is a quiet seaside town unspoilt by modern times, where fishermen still pull their boats up onto the shingle and sell their fish fresh from huts on the beach. Aldeburgh’s most famous resident was Benjamin Britten. The annual Festival of Music and the Arts which he began attracts many visitors every year. Aldeburgh Productions who run the Festival arrange many interesting musical events throughout the year at Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings.

Framlingham is an interesting small market town with an imposing Norman Castle. You can still walk around the battlements and admire the stunning views across the town mere and countryside.

Woodbridge is a riverside market town with Georgian architecture and many interesting buildings including a unique tidemill, windmill, museum. A wide variety of restaurants and cafes. An independent cinema which doubles as a theatre.

MAIN FACILITIES
Beaches and Amenities
Felixstowe has four miles of beaches which are regularly cleaned and there is a dog free area in the summer. The beach is level with the promenade, which is accessible to wheelchairs. Felixstowe has deck chairs, wind breaks, beach huts, public toilets, a Leisure Centre and a Tourist Information Centre. Water-related activities include windsurfing and sailing.

Aldeburgh has a long, steeply shelving beach of shingle with a few sandy areas at low tide. Part of the northern area of the beach is a nature reserve with bird watching opportunities. The beach amenities include a dog free central, regular beach cleaning, car parking, public toilets with disabled access, a lifeboat station and a children’s model yacht pond.

ACTIVITIES
Shopping
There is a wide selection of individual specialist shops in the area ranging from ice-cream to designer clothes. Felixstowe has a hand made chocolate shop among many other independent shops. There are many antique shops in Woodbridge and Aldeburgh has several galleries in the town. There are a variety of places to eat throughout the area with many near the coast specialising in fish dishes.

Entertainment
Felixstowe has two theatres, a cinema and two nightclubs as well as a variety of children's amusements including bumper boats, crazy golf and go-carts. Woodbridge's theatre has live shows as well as films as does the Film Theatre at Leiston. Aldeburgh has concerts held in the Church and Jubilee Hall as well as at the nearby Snape Maltings Concert Hall. There is a cinema open all the year round and a London Theatre company comes to the Jubilee Hall every August.

Accommodation
There is a wide variety of accommodation available from simple B & B's to country house hotels. From the House in the Clouds - a restored watertower sleeping 12, for self-catering to cosy cottages. All camping and caravan sites are small and often privately owned.

There are many places for sailing and yachting, as the District has five rivers as well as 35 miles of Heritage Coast.

Places to Visit
These include castles at Framlingham and Orford, Landguard Fort at Felixstowe and many interesting Churches throughout the area. Easton Farm Park, RSPB Reserve at Minsmere. Museums in the area include the Long Shop Museum, Parham Air Museum, Dunwich Museum and the Suffolk Punch and Heavy Horse Museum. There are several windmills in the area and the rare Tide Mill at Woodbridge. Boat trips on the local rivers and visits to the vineyards near Framlingham are always popular.There is good sailing and yachting on the five rivers and along the coast.

Places to Stay in this area:
White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
Westleton Crown Inn, Saxmundham
Swan Hotel, Southwold
Crown Hotel, Framlingham

For more information contact:
East of England Tourism - 0871 572 2361

Tourist Information Numbers

Aldeburgh
Address: 152 High Street
Aldeburgh
Telephone Number: +44 (0)1728 453 637
East of England Tourism 0871 716 2536 – Calls cost less than 10p per minute
Email Address: atic@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

Felixstowe
Address: Seafront
Felixstowe
Telephone Number: +44 (0)1394 276 770
East of England Tourism 0871 716 2536 – Calls cost less than 10p per minute
Email Address: ftic@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

Woodbridge
Address: Station Buildings
Woodbridge
Telephone Number: +44 (0)1394 382 240
East of England Tourism 0871 716 2536 – Calls cost less than 10p per minute
Email Address: wtic@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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